Australia is closed-sorry….

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Australia has now been closed to anybody who is not an Australian citizen. Hopefully, in a few months’ time we will open our borders and Australia can welcome both people and shorebirds back to our continent.

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Tufted Duck in Australia

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The above photo of a Tufted Duck was not taken here in Australia, but in Europe by myself. However, there have been a lot of photos taken of the Tufted Duck that is currently in Australia. With the current heat wave across Australia it has become harder to observe the Tufted Duck.

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Eastern Curlew in Australia

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Over recent decades there has been a sharp decline in the population of Eastern Curlew visiting Australia during their non-breeding months each year. The Eastern Curlew is the largest of the migratory shorebirds to visit Australia and really can’t be mistaken for any other species.

Brown Quail in Australia

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There is a lot of variation in the plumage of Brown Quail throughout Australia, but the female bird is generally paler than the male. The post Brown Quail in Australia appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Broome Brown Quail Western Australia

Northern Australia birding

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By the time we had reached Wyndham in the north of Western Australia we had encountered Gouldian Finches , but it was not until we were at a small billabong between Wyndham and Kununurra that I was able to photograph them. Birding Australia Australian birds

Garganey in Australia

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Last week I mentioned the Tufted Duck that had suddenly appeared in Australia and it is not the only vagrant duck to have chosen to reside in Australia at the moment. With so much of the environment in Australia that is inaccessible at any time of year it does beg the question as to how many different bird species do arrive and then leave and never get observed! The first record of the Eurasian Hoopoe in Australia was well documented in 2011.

Sarus Cranes in Australia

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On our recent trip across the north of Australia we were lucky enough to encounter several Sarus Cranes- Grus antigone , which are incredibly tall and elegant birds. Birding Australia Sarus Cranes

Week 13: Melbourne, Australia Part 2

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This is a continuation of the story about landing in Melbourne, Australia, and I will cover our afternoon the first day and my visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Australia Species 116. New Lifers from Australia 100.

Grey-headed Lapwing in Australia

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Our plan was to head north for a few days and observe the concentrated bird-life around the remaining ephemeral lakes and observe some of the birds that had arrived in the north of Australia over the past few weeks. Birding Australia Grey-headed Lapwing Halls Creek Rarity

Fairy Pitta in Australia-a sad story

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As keen birdwatchers, who just happened to have found the Night Parrots in Western Australia, they were keen to look for the Fairy Pitta at first light the next day. This was only to be the second record for Australia.

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In Search of Australia’s Amazing Rainbow Finch

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The conservation story behind Australia’s most colorful finch. Birds & Birding From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Birds Conservation Science Fire Indigenous Peoples TNC Science Traveling Naturalist

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Birding Sydney, Australia

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Contrary to what many people believe, Sydney is not the capital of Australia, and even calling it the premier city in the country might elicit angry complaints from the inhabitants of Melbourne. It is also a fantastic place to watch birds, and to get an introduction to birding in Australia.

Week Fourteen: The Center of Australia, and Sydney Part #1

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This week finds us flying from Melbourne, Australia, to Alice Springs, in the center of this incredibly large country. This is truly the center if Australia, no matter what method you use to decided the actual location of dead center.

Palm Springs, Western Australia

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This year we did the same, but this time it was Palm Springs, Western Australia! This track will lead you to the Halls Creek Poo Ponds and these are by far the best Poo Ponds in the north of Western Australia! Trips Australia We visited Palm Springs, California towards the end of 1989 and we camped and looked for birds. On our trip to Kununurra and Keep River National Park in August we took a detour when we reached Halls Creek.

Midsummer in northern Australia

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Throw in the completely different climate we are experiencing in northern Australia and we seem to be absolutely worlds apart… but are we?! Asides Australia BroomeEach week as I schedule my post it brings my attention to the huge time difference between Broome and New York.

Feral Cats In Australia

Green Living Tips

and with an estimated 15 million feral cats in Australia, billions of native. How many small creatures can a single feral cat eat in a day? A lot it turns out. - creatures are probably being devoured each year

What we can learn about renewable energy from Australia

Green Prophet

With a bounty of sun, the giant island nation and continent of Australia is landlocked. They have set the model for the western world on how it can be done –– until Australia came speeding by. Consider Australia’s Cyxtera. In 2018, Australia’s wind farms produced 33.5

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Ghost Bat: Meet Australia’s False Vampire

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The pale bat with a soft but deadly embrace. Wildlife Asia Pacific Bats

Invasive species in Australia

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In Australia we definitely have our fair share of invasive species and the main problem is that we are such a huge land mass with such a small population. The population of Australia is concentrated mainly around the city areas along the coast and many invasive species have been able to spread with ease. European Red Foxes were brought into Australia in the 1850′s for recreational hunting and soon spread rapidly.

Spinifex Pigeons in Western Australia

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In Western Australia we have two races of the Spinifex Pigeon Geophaps plumifera , but neither are found in Broome. Birding Australia Karratha pigeons TripsOne race lives to the north- Geophaps plumifera plumifera and the other race lives to the south- Geophaps plumifera ferrugines.

Temminck’s Stint in Australia

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Since we returned from Melbourne in May we have spent a lot of time in remote parts of northern Australia enjoying the bird-life. In recent weeks we have pondered over the fact that it is almost twenty years since we had a “first for Australia” and that was a Blue and White Flycatcher on 5th December 1995. Our latest trip this weekend found us two metres from a small shorebird that immediately struck us as a shorebird that we do not see in Australia.

"Australia’s PM Takes on Carbon Tax"

Environmental Economics

A nameless RFF staff member: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot revealed a draft bill last week that would repeal the country’s controversial carbon tax.

Australia’s extinct and threatened bird species

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Australia is a vast country with a very small human population, which mostly clings to the edge of the continent. Even the first explorers to Australia documented there was a risk of extinction of birds and animals into the future and subsequently decided to collect as many specimens as possible! Handbook to The Birds of Australia, 1865. It is rather sobering to read the list of extinct, threatened and near threatened birds in Australia and realise just how many there are.

Dam Boarding in Australia

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Click here to view the embedded video. As illegal, stupid or dangerous as this may be, what we’re deeming ‘dam boarding’ looks like a lot of fun. Via: Paul Fisher on Vimeo ] Related posts: What Motivates Someone (Like Dean Potter) to Highline Without a Harness. The Image of Surfing–Fiberglass and Megapixels. Andy Immler Makes History With World Record Descent by Dingy

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

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Coral bleaching dominates headlines about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, but perhaps the most dangerous threat lurks on land, far away from the reef itself.

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Birding across the north of Australia in July

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In Australia it is winter in July, but the weather is as perfect as you could hope for in the north of the country with daytime temperatures around 30c/86f and the night-time temperatures being around 20c/68f and rarely a cloud in the sky. Birding Australia

Grey Butcherbirds ??? Australia???s Shrikes

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Latham first described Grey Butcherbirds in 1801, like most people of the age he assumed Australia’s birds should be seen in the context of Old World birds and placed them with the birds he thought they most closely resembled, the shrikes of the genus Lanius.I’m Butcherbirds, like their relatives, are popular birds in Australia, their marcarbe feeding habits notwithstanding. When J.

Proposal for the National Bird of Australia

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The irredeemably awful and generally terrible government of Tony Abbott is flailing around and one by-election away from open war on itself, and perhaps could use a distraction to take Australia’s minds off its stances on Syrian refugees, gay marriage and war on clean energy. It turns out that Australia has no official national bird (but we do have an official gemstone), and this is exactly the type of issue that can unite the fractured nation.

Big, Bold & Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas

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Australia has one the largest systems of marine protected areas in the world, from the coral-covered Great Barrier Reef to the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Director of Conservation, TNC Australia. Q: So tell about the history of marine protected areas, or MPAs, in Australia?

Sustainable Flowers From Australia, New York, California, & London

Eco Chic

Australia-based Flowers for Everyone designed this arrangement using seasonal native flowers and foliage. Flowers for Everyone own ‘bricks and mortar’ florist shops sprinkled throughout Australia (they have several locations in Sydney, including the CBD).

RFF: Carbon tax impact in Australia

Environmental Economics

Check this out, mate: New data released last week by the Australian government show that electricity emissions have dropped 7.6 percent since the introduction of a carbon tax in July 2012. Experts suggest that a greater emissions impact could be achieved if businesses believed that carbon pricing “was here to stay” and current carbon prices were increased.

Desypher crushes stereotypes with exquisite Islamic Museum of Australia

Green Prophet

But it’s not hyperbole to say that Desypher’s architectural expression vis-à-vis the Islamic Museum of Australia is unparalleled in any contemporary Islamic architecture I’ve come across. Design Australia Desypher Islamic Architecture Islamic Museum Melbourne

Spiders Falling From the Sky In Australia

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Millions of baby spiders appear to be raining from the sky in Australia. The tiny spiders from the sky have been falling in the country’s Read More The post Spiders Falling From the Sky In Australia appeared first on Ecorazzi. It’s an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare.

Oh! How Beautiful Australia’s Brumbies Are!

Eco Chic

The first reported runaway horse was in 1804—now there are approximately 400,000 feral horses roaming Australia. How Beautiful Australia’s Brumbies Are! Ecology Australia brumbies brumby conservation new south whales northern territory ponies queensland sydney wild horses

Australia’s First Utility-Scale Solar Plant

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With production up to 10 megawatts, the new Greenough River Solar Farm will be the biggest operating solar plant in Australia. A seawater desalination plant in Western Australia that is currently being expanded. Government / Industry australia desalination plant solar power australiaWhat will all that energy be used for?

Australia Animal Dance Party!

Conservancy Talk

From a groundbreaking conservation partnership in Fish River Station , to protecting Australia’s biggest land reserve in Southern Tanami , The Nature Conservancy has been hard at work protecting Australia’s beautiful lands.

Measuring the Impact of Feral Camels in Australia’s Martu Desert

Nature Conservancy - Science

Waterholes are scattered through Australia’s Western Desert like islands in a sea of sand. These dromedaries are just three of more than 300,000 feral camels in arid Australia — the largest population of feral camels in the world.

A Little Tern flagged in Taiwan visits Australia

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Of course there has been a good reason for this, especially when we discovered the first Temminck’s Stint to ever be observed in Australia! It is a lot less common to observe shorebirds from other areas in the flyway, but as the shorebirds return from the north we do observe shorebirds marked in Victoria and South Australia when they drop by to rest before crossing Australia to their original banding site. Birding Australia Broome Little Tern

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Australia Plans To Kill 2 Million Stray Cats By 2020

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Claiming that feral cats are the “single biggest Read More The post Australia Plans To Kill 2 Million Stray Cats By 2020 appeared first on Ecorazzi. Well, this is awful. The Australian Government announced on July 16 that they plan on killing off their feral cats by 2020.

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Why Australia’s Bike Helmet Laws Kill People

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We’re going to take a look at why Western Australia’s seen an approximate 30% increase in cyclists admitted to the hospital since implementing mandatory helmet laws. So according to this statistical data , the number of cyclists in Western Australia skyrocketed in the 80’s.

Iran’s Solar Car Competes in Australia

Green Prophet

Iran’s solar-powered Gazelle 2, hopes to place well in trans Australia trials. Cars & Transportation Australia electric car electric cars EVs Iran Solar Energy solar power

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Epic Birding Fails: Lyrebirds in Australia

Nature Conservancy - Science

I was birding Australia’s mountain rainforest with Timothy Boucher, and we’d just spent three painstaking hours creeping around a half-mile trail like a pair of goons, peering into the undergrowth looking for the elusive Albert’s Lyrebird.

Can Helicopter-deployed Toad Sausages Save Australia’s Northern Quoll?

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About the size of a large kitten, these spotted, carnivorous marsupials are one of four quoll species found throughout Australia. Where Camels & Kangaroos Roam: A Dispatch from Australia’s Martu Country.